Meet the the BMT Survivorship Program's Core Team and Consulting Providers.

BMT Survivorship Core Team

Areej El-Jawahri, MD
Director, BMT Survivorship Program

Areej El-Jawahri MD is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Survivorship Program. Dr. El-Jawahri’s clinical and research interests focus on improving the quality of life and care for patients with hematologic malignancies and their families, and addressing their palliative, supportive care and survivorship needs.

 

Julie Vanderklish, NP
Associate Director, BMT Survivorship Program

Julie Vanderdklish is a Nurse Practitioner with the Department of Bone Marrow Transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has focused in bone marrow transplant as a nurse practitioner since 1999 and is the Associate Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Program. Julie’s clinical interests focus on the prevention and management of graft versus host disease, symptom management and improving the quality of life in bone marrow transplant survivors. Her research interests include sexual health and survivorship issues in the bone marrow transplant population.

 

Yi-Bin Chen, MD
Director, BMT Program

Yi-Bin Chen, MD serves as Director for the BMT program at MGH, and divides his time between patient care and clinical research with a focus on patients undergoing bone marrow/stem cell transplantation. He directs an active portfolio of clinical trials aimed to improve outcomes for patients undergoing stem cell transplantation. His interests mainly revolve around clinical care of patients underoing autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplant. He collaborates extensively with local and national colleagues as well as industry in addition to developing his own original clinical trials.

 

Jennifer D'Alotto, MSW, LICSW

Jen D’Alotto is a Clinical Social Worker in the BMT/Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship programs at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Her practice focuses on assessing/addressing the strengths and challenges families face in coping with their diagnosis and treatment before, during, and after transplant. Her clinical interests include patient and caregiver quality of life, post-traumatic growth, mindfulness practices as stress management strategies, and developmentally-specific supports to children in adjusting to a parent’s treatment. Jen provides assessment, support, and facilitation of access to resources in clinic and in the community.

 

Colleen Danielson, NP

 

 

Chrisa Hunnewell, NP

Chrisa Hunnewell is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in the care of patients with Hematologic Malignancies who have undergone Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Chrisa received her MSN from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 1995. She has been a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital transplant team since 2010. As a Hematologic Malignancies Nurse Practitioner, her clinical interests include long term complications of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Chronic Graft versus Host Disease, Leukemia and effects of cancer on quality of life issues.

 

Michelle Jacobo, PhD

Dr. Jacobo is the Chief Psychologist of the Medical Psychiatric Inpatient and the Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. At MGH, she leads skills training groups, supervises, & teaches trainees about DBT. She is a senior member of the DBT consultation team at MGH, which offers as-needed consultation to other members of the MGH Psychiatry Department on challenging cases. In addition, she supervises and participates in the clinical application of mindfulness in medical populations. Dr. Jacobo’s research focuses on clinical applications of the DBT skills training model and she has been an author on several published papers in this area. A graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst in clinical psychology, Dr. Jacobo has a long –standing interest in psychotherapy integration.

 

Cathleen Poliquin, NP

Cathleen M. Poliquin is a nurse practitioner in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been with the program since its inception in 1993. She received her BS at Boston College, her MS at Boston University and her NP certificate at the Graduate School of Nursing at UMASS Worcester. She is also holds certifications as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN) and Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN). Both these certifications are granted from the Oncology Nursing Society. She has published on the long term effects of bone marrow and stem cell transplantation and has presented at local and national oncology conferences on the long term effects of transplantation. She served as a co-facilitator for a patient/family support group sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for 22 years. Her clinical interests include the care of patients undergoing allogeneic and autologous stem cell transplantation, the complications and long term effects of transplantation including acute and chronic graft-vs-host disease and survivorship issues.

 

Meredith Saylor, NP

Meredith Saylor Meredith Saylor has been a nurse practitioner on the bone marrow transplant team at Mass General since 2012. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University and graduate degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her clinical interests include patients who have undergone allogeneic and autologous stem cell transplants, complications from transplantation including acute and chronic graft vs host disease and survivorship care post transplant.

 

Lara Traeger, PhD

Lara Traeger Lara Traeger, PhD is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. In her clinical work and research, Dr. Traeger focuses on helping patients affected by cancer to enhance health behaviors and quality of life. She also studies strategies for enhancing resilience among cancer care clinicians.

 

Consulting Providers

Katharine E. Black, MD
Pulmonary

 

 

Brenna Wynne Casey, MD
GI

 

 

Reza Dana, MD, MPH
Ophthalmology

 

 

Shadmehr Demehri, MD, PhD
Dermatology

 

 

Jorg Dietrich, MD, PhD
Neurology

 

 

Carlos G. Fernandez-Robles, MD
Psychiatry

 

 

Frances Hayes, MD
Reproductive-Endocrine

 

 

Sasha Knowlton, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehab

 

 

Alyssa R. Letourneau, MD
Infectious disease

 

 

Caroline M. Mitchell, MD
Vaginal issues

 

 

Tomas G. Neilan, MD
Cardiology

 

 

Michael Parsons, PhD
Neuro Cognitive Testing

 

 

Jennifer A. Shin, MD
Palliative Care

 

 

Nathaniel Simon Treister, DMD,DMSc
Oral GVHD

 

 

Marc N. Wein, MD, PhD
Endocrine